Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial conglomerate Honeywell International (NYSE:HON) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Honeywell's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Honeywell facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Morristown, New Jersey (1920)

Market Cap

$20.98 billion


Aerospace and Defense

TTM Revenue

$37.12 billion


CEO David Cote (since 2002)

CFO David Anderson (since 2003)

Return on Equity (average last three years)



Tyco International (NYSE:TYC),

United Technologies (NYSE:UTX)

CAPS members bullish on HON also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE),

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

CAPS members bearish on HON also bearish on

Boeing (NYSE:BA),

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 156 of the 165 All-Star members who have rated Honeywell -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include DemonDoug and spiritof78, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Late last month, DemonDoug kept the Honeywell bull case deceptively simple: "Blood on the streets, time to buy solid large cap international companies."

A more recent pitch from spiritof78 last week agrees, highlighting the stock's recent plunge as a honey of a deal:

Is this company really worth 50% less than it was 52 weeks ago, even as profits increased in terms or real dollars year over year?

Perhaps I'm grabbing at a falling knife here but this is an international company, that is also the receipient of major government contracts. It's list of products is long and varied, while institutions may be forced to continue to liquidate positions to cover investor withdrawals, this one has the look of a long term winner at these valuations.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Tyco International is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.